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Obama OK’s Turkish Shelling of Kurds Despite Ceasefire 

Erdogan does nothing belligerent without US approval or complicity, including attacking Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

His terror war rages intensively – intending to continue shelling Kurdish YPG forces in northern Syria after US/Russia cessation of hostilities is implemented on February 27 at midnight Damascus time.

Longstanding US double standards are notorious. Washington virtually ignores his naked aggression, beyond meaningless lip service remarks claiming otherwise – short of backing punitive Security Council action.

At the same time, it demands Russia cease bombing terrorists in Syria – calling CIA-trained cutthroat killers “moderates.”

Washington considers Turkey a valued ally. Both nations partner in each other’s high crimes – waging terror war on Syria. US/Russia negotiated cessation of hostilities changed nothing.

Turkey continues supplying ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria with heavy US/NATO/Israeli produced, Saudi paid for, weapons – assuring continued conflict. Expecting ceasefire to work is pure fantasy.

Assad said over 80 US-led so-called coalition countries continue supplying terrorists in Syria with armaments, financial, logistical, political and material support.

He called foreign sponsors of terrorism “active” and “unlimited,” showing cessation of hostilities is talk without intention, sham US cover for continued war, Russia and Syria to be irresponsibly blamed.

On Wednesday, a Syrian Foreign Ministry statement blamed Washington and its rogue allies for waging war on Syria “and continuing it…supporting terrorist gangs.”

It condemned John Kerry’s so-called Plan B – partitioning Syria in flagrant violation of international law if attempted.

Syria and its people remain determined to defeat terrorism, preserve the nation’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, the Foreign Ministry statement stressed.

Conflict resolution won’t happen without achieving these objectives. Putin and Assad remain committed to combating ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups infesting Syria.

Putin supports the right of Syrians alone to decide who’ll lead them, free from foreign interference.

On Wednesday during a Security Council session on the nation’s humanitarian crisis, Assad’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari said his “government is open to cooperate and coordinate with all states and UN organizations working in Syria” on providing humanitarian aid where it’s desperately needed.

At the same time, it rejects interventional “side deal(s)” entirely for political reasons. Ongoing conflict can’t be addressed responsibly “without engaging seriously in tackling the reason reason behind the crisis, mainly the presence of (foreign-backed) terrorist groups” waging war on the Syrian people, al-Jaafari stressed.

“How (can) we end the humanitarian crisis in the country in light of the silence about Erdogan’s military attack on the Syrian territories in support of the terrorists and the use of the Turkish lands as a passage and haven for tens of thousands of terrorists,” he added.

Ending ongoing conflict in Syria requires defeating terrorism, he explained. His government is committed to continue combating this universal scourge.

Lavrov Warns About US Undermining Syria Ceasefire Deal

America’s agenda is notoriously duplicitous. Putin, Lavrov and other Russian officials have just cause to be wary. Washington systematically breaches treaties and deals agreed on.

Obama launched war on Syria in March 2011 to replace its sovereign independence with US-controlled puppet governance.

His objective remains unchanged, the lynchpin of America’s imperial regional agenda, so far effectively foiled by Moscow.

Believing Obama now wants conflict he began resolved diplomatically and peace restored is pure fantasy.

Agreed on cessation of hostilities is cover for continued US and rogue allies’ support for ISIS and other imported terrorists infesting Syria – buying time, letting them regroup, rearm and add new fighters to their ranks, waging endless war, serving US imperial interests.

On Wednesday, Lavrov criticized attempts by Washington and its allies to undermine ceasefire terms agreed on, saying:

“As soon as the presidents of Russia and the US approved the ceasefire initiative in Syria, voices from Washington and the capitals of US allies began expressing doubts as to the viability of the deal.”

They “sound like calls to war and not to peace,” considering unacceptable alternative options before cessation of hostilities is implemented.

“(L)ots of people (in the West and regionally) want to prevent the normal development of cooperation between Russia and the United States…trying to undermine…Russian-US agreements.”

Putin, Lavrov and other Russian officials have good reason to doubt alleged good US intentions. Belligerent hegemons don’t transform themselves into peacemakers.

Former Expatriates Minister, current Assad political advisor Bouthaina Shaaban is called Syria’s face to the outside world – a Western educated Ph.D. in English, former Damascus University academic.

In 2005, the Arab League honored her with “the Most Distinguished Woman in a Government Position” award.

She serves her nation with honor and distinction, appalled about five years of devastating war, waged by foreign-supported imported terrorists.

They’re not a political opposition, she stresses. They’re “agents of foreign countries…” Syria is governed constitutionally, respectful of rule of law principles, committed to fighting terrorism, aiming to eliminate it altogether.

Shaaban stresses what I’ve explained often, saying “(t)here is no such thing as moderate terrorist or moderate opposition, because anyone who carries arms is not moderate, anyone who is killing people is not moderate, anyone who is destroying institutions in the country is not moderate.”

Calling foreign-supported cold-blooded killers moderate “has no relation to reality whatever” – why it’s essential to combat this universal scourge without letup, Syria’s main objective, along with “stopping the flow of (foreign) support.”

She blasted appalling Western media propaganda, turning truth on its head, fabricating reports, proliferating Big Lies, suppressing hard reality on the ground – irresponsibly blaming Assad and Russia for the suffering of the Syrian people.

Their liberating struggle continues, resolution nowhere in sight – not as long as Washington wants war, not peace, Syria entirely raped and destroyed.

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About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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